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Earning Opportunities with writing

Updated on December 29, 2016
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Nadine was born in Holland and emigrated to South Africa in 1971. She has always been an entrepreneur and is a self taught artist .

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What does it all entail?

This Hubpage website is one of the best known sites where many writers and authors share their creative writings on any topic they feel passionate about. But does it have potential to make a living with it? Personally I say NO. This does not mean that its impossible, some members probably do, but they have been freelance writers for many years. I personally feel that any author or writer can earn online through their writing, so long as they keep at it. So long as they never give up.

There are many ways to earn from writing online.

  • Freelance blogging - This is someone who is paid for writing blog posts for his clients (can be individuals or companies).
  • Write several ( at least 30) articles on one topic and then collate them into an ebook. That is another way to create a passive income from writing.
  • Writing a novel by publishing each chapter as a post in itself with the intent to have this novel published as an ebook when finished.

There are many more ways I'm sure, but these are just a few ideas.

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Hub page Members share their experiences

When I started to post articles on hubpages I was not even aware that you could earn money from the clicks. My aim was purely to find ways to network and market my own novels and to find out what works and what does not. As the creative director of Kima Global Publishers in Cape Town, my job entails helping our authors with the marketing of their books.

As publishers we need to adjust to the huge changes in traditional publishing we are now experiencing through electronic ebooks and social networking opportunities now available

What is the fastest way to earn cash on line?

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You have to have a PayPal account.

Wikinut. and Hubpages are great networking sites With Wikinut all you need to add is your PayPal account and it takes very little time to network your articles.

Today every published author needs to have a blog, website and keeps marketing themselves through their writings, but lately its getting more and more difficult to use Hubpages as a promotion tool at the same time.

Getting published in today's world

My partner wrote a great article with that topic. So I do not need to write more about it. Robin is so busy keeping Kima Global running that writing for hubpages is not high on his to do list at the moment, but he soon hopes to add more hubs “From the Publishers desks”.

My job has shifted from being Kima Global’s webmaster to become the marketing and networking director.

At first I had to help new authors with setting up their Facebook , LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Some authors are still not keen on that, but for a publisher it’s almost impossible to promote an author that has no Google profile so to speak. for that reason we both wrote an ebook titled: Breakthrough Marketing at no Cost.that is a free download from our website.

When I discovered that I could write articles related to my research for my books and earn money for doing that, I thought I had found just what many of our authors needed, an incentive to write articles about their topic and have the opportunity to get paid for their efforts.

So far a few authors have signed up and one author – Roger Nichols is out of booth camp.

The ups and downs of being a book publisher

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We are still a traditional publisher, but our print runs are a lot smaller compared to the years when we had a warehouse full of books in the USA!

Before the internet became a household name we had to hold stocks in the USA in order to sell through wholesalers there, and also to supply Amazon. The cost of shipping our books to the warehouse space we rented, plus paying a manager to run the operation was horrendous.Today all our printed titles are available due to the print in demand opportunities like Lightening Source and Create space.

The world of publishing now offers a bewildering amount of choices, some of which will not lead to success and others are simply dangerous!

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Frankfurt Book Fair

Between 1999 – 2009 we had our own booth at this, the biggest and most prestigious book fair to promote our Kima Global Publishing house in person. We started to sell foreign rights, but the cost far outreached the returns. We hoped that it would change if we kept coming, but in the year 2010 I happen to break both my feet, so we had to cancel our booth space and airline tickets. We never went back again in subsequent years. The positive side was that we had made good business contacts over the years and we became distributors for the African market of several USA and UK publishers.

We never regretted exhibiting at the Frankfurt Book Fair, but with the way things are now going in the book world globally, probably only the very large publishing houses can finance the cost of being seen at these book fairs.

The fact that we are still in business after several great financial losses means that we have made the right business decisions. We focused on our local market and spent money updating our website.

Where is the largest book trade fair been held every year?

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Adding Photos or images

The followers on my hubpages will have noticed that I add lots of self created images. It takes a lot more work, but I can use them later on Pinterest.

How do I create the images?
After I’ve written an article for hubpages or for Wikinut I divide my paragraphs and added a heading for each section, I look for my base image that I can use for the whole article.
This is often a photo of a high resolution. Then each image next to the paragraph needs to reflect the text in that section of my article. I then look in my large data base for the right images. I have saved many photos and scanned images over a period of twelve years.

I add these clips into the folder of the article and start playing with layers in Photoshop.
If I want to use a recent image from Google, like a book cover or an item, I make sure these images are copyright free and only use a part of the image as a transparency. That way the image becomes an original and I can add my name to it.

I love the creativity of creating individual images for my articles. I have plenty of experience in Photoshop because I designed most of the Kima Global book covers, so that acquired skill is now coming in handy.

Thanks for reading my own experiences about on line writing.

Nadine

Book promotion video

The below video was created after several of our authors were given the opportunity to talk about their book on a trade show.

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      Nadine May 4 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm glad my post was helpful Anita. So there is maybe your answer. Write what has your passion. If it is on alternative health, then get known for that topic.

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      Anita Hasch 4 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thanks for sharing Nadine. I will try that and see if my views improve. I suppose I write about too many different subjects. On my blogs I only write about alternative health and my pg views are much higher.

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      Nadine May 4 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Anita I found that I get most blog traffic from outside South Africa. What I do is write an article for hubpages and for my blogs ( two of them. one wordpress and a google blog) all at the same time in a M doc. ( create images for both.) I post the hub article first and the following day the blog post. In there I added all the links back to the Hubpage article, not the other way around. Then I share my hub article on my Facebook and on several group pages over the following days, including Pinterest, Twitter and on Google+. I do the same for my blogs, but not all on the same day. I'm not sure if it makes any difference about African time or Pacific time. It's the topic you write about what is important. Share your blog posts only with groups that would be interested. I hope that helps.

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      Anita Hasch 4 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thanks for sharing Nadine. Marketing is so important, unfortunately I still have a lot to learn in that department. I do social media marketing but have yet to achieve good results. Recently I advertised my eBook 'Health is Wealth,' on all my blogs. Have sold very few through this experiment. This tells me that my analytics on my blogs is not set up properly. For instance I have tried adding my blogs details on a 'site map.' Every time it gets rejected. I feel my hubpages are not set up properly either for viewing by the search engines. I know I have to learn more about keywords and being visible to search engines. Learning slowly, because there is so MUCH to learn. Nadine, could you tell me whether it is the best to set up your blogs 'time zone' at South African time or Pacific time. I would prefer 'pacific time' as I feel there is a bigger buying marketing and more likely to receive 'clicks' than the local market. What are your thoughts about this.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes Fay I was on bubblews as well and managed to get one payment out before they closed. Pity because it was truly worth it. I never signed up at hubpages for the earning option from the start, but I have managed to get one $50 payment here.Today the earnings have dropped . I'm lucky to earn between 1 or 2 dollars in a month, but I love being a hubpage writer and learned a great deal and still do. The connections we make here are also worth a lot.

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      Faythe F. 12 months ago from USA

      great and helpful article..although Bubblews is no longer active,I did earn well there.

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      Sandy Mertens 15 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congratulations on being successful here.

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      Nadine May 15 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Candy I'm glad that you read up on how we can write several articles, or chapters like I have done, and then publish these chapters as an ebook.

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      Candy 16 months ago

      Good advice here. I especially like writing several articles on one topic then collate into a book.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes its truly worth looking into. This weekend I will have earned my second $50.00 with 96 articles.

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      Cecilia Karanja 2 years ago from Nairobi

      I keep hearing about Bubblews. I should really check it out.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment and don't worry about it. I'm not all that active on Bubblews either. lack of time and I'm still waiting for my first redemption.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Thanks for sharing the information. I'm also on Bubblews, but have not had the time to do anything on there since before Christmas. Voted up. .

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Nikolic thanks for visiting my hub on this topic. I have now printed out your Low Carb Bread Recipe and shared it.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      You are giving to us excellent advices. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us. Great article. Voted up as awesome.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Audrey.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh then I must look you up TurtleDog. Do you use the same name?

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Great article! I will look for you!

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      TurtleDog 3 years ago

      I'm a tecker, a bubbler and a hubber (love it here) Great to see you! Great post. Voted up and awesome

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my hub. I'm still learning which site is the best to write for. My favorite is still Hubpages, but I see that at Bubbles I'm now at $28.80 with very little effort.. I have not been there for over a week, but I earned $ 2.00 in that time. That is also encouraging.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Teckler sounds very interesting to me. I don't like wikinut, to be honest. Also, there was another hub about bubblews and how it doesn't pay after awhile. However, thank you for sharing your experience. It's always different to get a wider view about all these venues for writing.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for visiting my hub. Glad to have added another possible networking tool for your hub articles. So far i can see several views coming from tackler but not many yet

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I enjoyed reading about your experiences. I've never heard of Teckler but may have to check it out now! Thanks!

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      Great hear that, Nadine May. Your feedback would be very appreciated:)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Tolovaj I just been to your page and loved the 5 review headings. I will go back and read them

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      It's good to find somebody who is in publishing business as well. We are trying to learn as much possible ways to promote our work outside of our country and I found on-line writing sites as pretty good source of knowledge. All the best!

      I bet we'll meet again:)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks my hub friend it's always nice to know someone has read what you wrote.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Thanks for the excellent advice, Nadine. I am looking forward to more of your posts.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Audrey I appreciate your comments.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Genna thanks for visiting my hubpage. I hope to see you at bubblews, but I'm not as active as some.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for your input here--so good to hear about how others are promoting their work successfully. I am thinking publishing a ways down the road for me---

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Nadine! I echo Bill's comments, and am so grateful for this fascinating and informative hub. I've also heard good things about Bubblews, and just might take a peek at their site.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Flourish, especially about my images. That is where my passion is, speaking through imagery.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      It's helpful to get a publisher's perspective. I enjoy hearing others' accounts of success and bumps in the road they've had to deal with. Also, your images have always impressed me for their artistry.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Glad that my hub in how I do the artwork for my articles was useful to you Glenn

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This was a very good review of your work Nadine. You sure have a lot to do in the publishing business. I especially love your artwork and now I understand how you make it. Thanks for that description.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Roger. Its our fortune to have attracted you as one of our writers that we could add to our family of authors. Personally I can guaranty you that as an author the writing of articles on hubpages and the other sites I mentioned for the last four months have already made a difference in the sales of my own books. Not only that but my own writing has drastically improved ever since I started to properly format the research documents I have gathered for my next novel, into articles.

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      Roger Nichols 3 years ago from Mandurah, Western Australia

      Thanks once again Nadine for a very interesting and informative subject also may I add my sincere thanks for all the help you have given us re publishing our books and getting us the publicity on Hub pages and the like. Your skills at designing the artwork are really fantastic and have gone a long way towards making the two books so far published very presentable - just need the sales now.

      Your journey as publishers has been very eventful and yes things are changing fast in this world of ours and we just have to change with the times.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      How sad that you never got paid out for your writing on Bubblews. Do you know why not? Glad to have shared Teckler because if you still have the links, or the titles of your articles on bubbles, you can still used these links on Teckler.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm so glad that I wrote this hub, especially if it is helpful to others. The internet has changed our world in so many ways, and it keeps changing all the time. Its going to be harder and harder for writers,authors and their publishers if they do not keep up.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Jodah for sharing that it was a helpful hub.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sound advice here on Online writing for cash I was on Bubblews and never got paid all four payments are at a loss for me Teckler sounds a great idea. writing and earning online is tough and requires patience in the many years of writing I have discovered so far my best site HP they are genuine and don't like spammers. Thank you for this hub.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great advices, Nadine! Sometimes it can be hard to write in all those places on a regular basis. I know that social medias are important to be known and recognized but like with all things it takes time! The web is changing all the time so we have to stay on top of it!

      Thank you for all your advices!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very helpful hub Nadine. I'm glad your company has managed to weather all those storms. Thank you for all the helpful advice. Voted up.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Dore. We love our work and I feel so privileged as an author to share my experiences from a publishers point of view.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Seems like your company has been through a lot, but you're still moving along and cheerily giving advice. Love your persistence. Thank you for sharing.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh Billy please do not hesitate to come to us when you are ready. We know a lot of ways to help you.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my hub ologsinquito. Yes you are right, its a good diversion.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well my friend, you are the only person I know in the publishing business, so I'll continue to listen to any words of advice you can give. When I finish my novel next month I'll be looking for a traditional publisher, so ge ready to hand out advice to your old friend here. :) I'm glad I have had a chance to know you through HP. Best wishes to you always.

      bill

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Bubblews is a good diversion. I like to post there in between writing longer articles.